German pop star Kim Petras, who broke a record with collaborator Sam Smith to become the first trans and non-binary artists, respectively, to hit number one on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, will headline Sydney's WorldPride's closing concert.
Sydney WorldPride runs from February 17 to March 5, and will feature an official opening ceremony, a human rights conference, and a First Nations Gathering.
\u201cSURPRISE! Here's a very special message from our closing concert Headliner, the one and only @kimpetras \ud83d\udc8b \nSee Kim along with @whereisMUNA, @peachprc, @gflipmusic, @KeiynanLonsdale and more at Rainbow Republic presented by @Optus on Sun 5 March. \nGet tix: https://t.co/rHOkrPNazS\u201d
— Sydney WorldPride 2023 (@Sydney WorldPride 2023)
The seven-hour Rainbow Republic closing concert, which will be hosted by G Flip and out Australian actor Keiynan Lonsdale, will pass the WorldPride baton to the next host city for 2025 -- Washington, D.C.
"I'm so excited to be back in Sydney this year," Petras says in a video posted on her own Twitter account. "So exicted to be back in Sydney. See u at Sydney WorldPride's closing concert Rainbow Republic presented by Optus on Sunday March 5 !"
"I remember Mardi Gras in 2019, it was the best time, and I'm so ready to take it to a new level, and do it again and see you guys, I'm so so excited."
\u201cSo excited to be back in Sydney \ud83d\ude2d See u at Sydney WorldPride\u2019s closing concert Rainbow Republic presented by Optus on Sunday March 5 ! Tickets at https://t.co/dqUldpbOmW\u201d
Petras made history in 2022 as the first trans woman to not only be in the Billboard top 10, but to be featured on a number one single -- "Unholy" -- which garnered Petras and Smith a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and the banger hit top spots across the globe.